Hello and happy Tuesday.
Almost every part of the San Francisco Giants season has been fun. A team projected to have long odds at even being in the postseason discussion carries baseball’s best record into the break, and every step of the journey has been as magical as that description would make it seem.
But not Monday, the team’s final off day of the regular season. On Monday the team found out that first baseman Brandon Belt — who has been one of their most valuable players this season, and their hottest hitter lately — has a fractured thumb. Belt injured the thumb when he was hit by a pitch while attempting a bunt during Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies.
Right now it’s impossible to know if and when Belt will return this season. He’ll miss the remainder of the regular season games, but could potentially be back for the postseason.
There will be more on Brandon Belt tomorrow from the Giants, but from what I understand, there's a pretty big range in his recovery estimates and postseason play isn't out of the question. He'll go on the IL for the remainder of the season, obviously.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) September 28, 2021
Belt has historically recovered ahead of schedule, including earlier this year, when a knee injury was thought to have ended his season. Let’s hope he can beat the schedule again this time. The Giants have a great contingency plan with LaMonte Wade Jr. and Darin Ruf, but there’s no way to fully replace the captain.
Heal up, BB9. The postseason Giants won’t look right without you.
Have a great Tuesday, friends. The Giants start their final home stand tonight, with a 6:45 p.m. PT game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.